The United States warned Russia to reign in its Syrian ally after new reports that Damascus used chemical weapons against rebels.
Human rights monitoring organizations claim that 21 Syrians, including children, suffered difficulty breathing following an alleged chemical attack on a besieged rebel enclave outside Damascus.
The U.S. has yet to confirm the attack, but officials note that Russia has blocked previous efforts by the United Nations to investigate similar reports.
“Civilians are being killed and it is not acceptable,” Steve Goldstein, U.S. assistant secretary of state for public affairs, told reporters in Washington.
“Russia had failed to rid Syria of chemical weapons, and they’ve been blocking chemical weapons organizations. Enough is enough,” he warned.
President Donald Trump launched a massive cruise missile strike against a Syrian airbase in April 2017 in response to an alleged chemical attack. [source]
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